There’s good news for anyone wishing for an easier, more convenient way to navigate the relatively small touchscreen on their smartphone. You can make everyday phone tasks simpler and faster—right now—by activating AssistiveTouch for iPhone or Accessibility Menu for Android.
AssistiveTouch for iPhone
What does AssistiveTouch do? This feature takes the fine motor challenge out of everyday tasks on Apple devices—accessing Siri, locking or rotating your screen, turning the volume up or down, pinching and double-tapping, and other functions—by enabling you to do so them all without using physical buttons.
When AssistiveTouch is enabled, a translucent, round button appears on your iPhone Home Screen. Touch it, and a simple menu with multiple helpful options appears.
Choose from these options to turn on the AssistiveTouch feature:
- Go to Settings, then Accessibility, and then Touch; finally, select AssistiveTouch
- Say “Hey Siri” and then “Turn on AssistiveTouch”
- Go to Settings, then Accessibility, and then Accessibility Shortcut; once there, turn on AssistiveTouch
Once AssistiveTouch is activated, you will notice a button on your screen. You can simply drag it to an edge of your screen—and that’s where it will remain until you use or drag it again. Tap this button once to open the AssistiveTouch menu. Tap once anywhere outside of the menu to close it.
Accessibility Menu for Android
Fans of Android devices can get the same benefits from the Accessibility Menu. Once activated, a large on-screen menu serves up frequently used functions for easier access and use. From the Accessibility Menu, you can lock your screen, take screenshots, open Google Assistant, Quick Settings, and Notifications, and adjust volume and brightness.
Follow these steps to turn on the Accessibility Menu on your Android smartphone:
- Open Settings on your Android phone
- Tap Accessibility, then Accessibility Menu
- Turn on the Accessibility Menu shortcut
- Tap OK to accept permissions
With the Accessibility Menu turned on, you can open it at any time by swiping up with two fingers—though you will need to use three fingers if the TalkBack feature is activated. Then simply tap Accessibility or the floating accessibility button and choose your desired option from the menu. Go to the next or previous screen to explore other menu options.
Depending on the model of your phone and version of your operating system, steps and specifics may vary. Refer to the user manual for your specific to get further guidance on taking advantage of these and other accessibility features.